What’s a woman to do when a sex change surgery leaves her with a one-inch reminder of her former male identity? That’s the dilemma in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony-Award-winning musical kicking off Onyx Theatre’s 10th season on Aug. 6.
Protagonist Hedwig Schmidt attempts the transition in order to marry an American man and escape Berlin during the Cold War. But once her new husband dumps her, she’s forced to make the best of things on the road with her band.
“Thankfully, we haven’t all suffered from botched sex-change operations,” says Troy Heard, producing artistic director at Onyx Theatre, “But we’ve all been through the process of looking for someone to love us for who we are. This show has been on my directorial bucket list since 2000. It’s currently on Broadway, so it’s a great title to have.”
In addition to Hedwig, Heard says the season will include more Broadway favorites and four world premieres. Already announced for September is Showgirls the Musical, based on the 1995 camp classic. Here’s hoping more quirk lies ahead.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Through Aug. 29. $25-28, 953 E. Sahara Ave. #16B, OnyxTheatre.com.